City of Kentwood

Division Avenue Improvements

Project Description

Division Avenue between 60th and 54th Street needed reconstruction. The City of Kentwood wanted to update its connection to the Bus Rapid Transit stop and provide non-motorized accessibility. The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council awarded Surface Transportation Funding to reconstruct it as a five-lane boulevard with concrete curb/gutter, bike lanes, and sidewalk along Division Avenue. The new road surface includes both concrete and asphalt pavements. To allow road widening, the design included extending existing culverts with new headwalls on the Crippen drain and relocating water main on both sides of Division Avenue.

Kentwood retained Prein&Newhof for construction engineering and provided CAD design files for staking and creating record plans. P&N provided full on-site inspection with testing, including:

  • Sidewalks
  • Complaint resolution
  • Pay estimates
  • Traffic and utility coordination
  • Record plans
  • Traffic control plan modifications
  • Turf restoration
  • Progress meeting agendas and minutes

The existing storm sewer and new SilverLine bus rapid transit stations caused construction challenges. At the north and south ends of the project, pavements near the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit–Silver Line) stations had tight vertical tolerances. During construction, our field staff found an error in the road’s proposed vertical profile. To keep the project on schedule, P&N redesigned part of it during construction to work around a shallow storm sewer and the transit stations.

Existing utility locations presented issues throughout the project. To get their buried utilities moved before construction, P&N worked with phone, gas, and electric utility companies. The entire P&N team worked to redesign the project on-the-fly to allow construction to meet a tight schedule.


Jason Washler, PE
Project Manager